The Ariel KBB / KBV

 
 
 
 

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KBB / KBV

The KBB and KBV, Ariel's largest compressor frames, are rated up to 10,000 BHP. Each compressor features a modern, durable design with a reinforced internal structure. This family of frames is recommended for use in pipeline transmission and high-pressure injection applications.

When utilized in a N+1 station design, a transmission operator is never without 100% compression capacity, even during scheduled maintenance while operating an Ariel KBB or KBV. 

The KBB/KBV satisfies horsepower requirements and will fulfill all scheduled commitments successfully, no matter the situation.

  KBB KBV

Rated Power

6,668

6,668

Stroke (in)

7.25

8.50

Max RPM

900

750

Piston Speed

1,088

1,063

Rod Diameter (in)

3.125

3.125

Total Rod Load (lbs)

190,000

190,000

Tension (lbs)

95,000

95,000

Compression (lbs)

100,000

100,000

Average Weight (lbs)

79,000

79,000

Max Length (in)

144

144

Nominal Width (in)

228

228

Crankshaft Centerline (in)

27

27

  KBB KBV

Rated Power

10,000

10,000

Stroke (in)

7.25

8.50

Max RPM

900

750

Piston Speed

1,088

1,063

Rod Diameter (in)

3.125

3.125

Total Rod Load (lbs)

190,000

190,000

Tension (lbs)

95,000

95,000

Compression (lbs)

100,000

100,000

Average Weight (lbs)

115,000

115,000

Max Length (in)

188

188

Nominal Width (in)

228

228

Crankshaft Centerline (in)

27

27

 
 

Product Features

 

Full Pressure Lubrication

 

A frame-driven lube oil pump provides cooled oil through a full-flow oil filter to all the frame's moving components. A divider-block system also supplies metered oil to cylinder bores and rod packings.

Versatile Unloading Devices

 

Ariel offers manual, head-end variable volume clearance pockets (VVCP) on most cylinders. Pneumatic suction valve unloaders are available on a limited basis.

Efficient Valves 

 

Plate-type valves are designed for modern speeds, utilizing non-metallic sealing elements as standard. Valves are selected to comply with established low-valve velocity standards. 

 
 

Materials 

  • Gray Iron Crankcase: Forged steel crankshaft, gray iron crosshead guide, bronze thrust bearing, tri-metal main bearing 

  • Ductile Iron Crosshead: Alloy steel crosshead pin 
  • Forged Steel Connecting Rod: Bronze crosshead pin bushing, tri-metal connecting rod bearing, grade 8 stress bolts
 
 
 

Innovative Cylinders

 

Ariel produces versatile cylinders that can be utilized over wide pressure ranges without compromise by using valves that effectively balance reliability and performance. For each compressor frame size, Ariel's lineup of cylinders can fully utilize that frame's horsepower and rod load capabilities. Cylinders can be combined in hundreds of different configurations to deliver the precise volume and pressure of gas required. 

Ariel 7 Performance Software is used by Ariel engineers and industry experts to model and design compressor configurations for their specific application. All of our cylinder designs, past and present, can be accessed to duplicate your existing compressor operations or design a new build.

 
 
 

Additional Resources

 

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